North Korea

Argument

A North Korean in Iran

Why ongoing and close ties between Pyongyang's and Tehran's nuclear programs are cause for concern.

Olli Heinonen |

Tea Leaf Nation

All Hail 'Fatty Kim the Third'

Chinese netizens love mocking North Korea's portly dictator. But it masks a deeper disdain.

David Wertime |

Argument

Pyongyang Express

Why is North Korea so pissed off about the upcoming Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy caper?

Victor Cha |

Report

U.S. Companies Still Puzzling Over North Korean Gold Question

After disclosing that they used the forbidden metal, some companies are still trying to figure out whether they did.

Jamila Trindle |

Report

Companies Disclose Use of Gold From North Korea

New rule forces businesses to trace their supply chains.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

I Spy a Frigate … or Two

Pyongyang's military is in decline? Think again. New satellite images show that nukes aren't the only thing on North Korea's mind these days.

Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. |

Argument

North Korea's Next Test

Satellite images show that Pyongyang is up to no good at its Punggye-ri nuclear site. The question isn't if a nuclear test will happen -- but when.

Jack Liu |

Exclusive

Exclusive: Air Force to Scrutinize Nuke Bomber Units Following Missile Scandal

The push underscores a fundamental question: Can the nuke force police its own?

Dan Lamothe |

Argument

Kim Jong Un's Thermonuclear Dreams

What does it mean when North Korea announces it has a "new form" of nuclear testing coming soon?

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

Red Handed

China is also complicit in North Korea's crimes against humanity. 

Kenneth Roth |

Argument

Cheap and Dirty Bombs

Could these creepy chest packs be North Korea's way of threatening radiological war?

William C. Potter |

Argument

Undercover from Overhead in North Korea

Why satellite images -- not smuggled videos -- reveal the real dangers lurking inside Kim Jong Un’s nuclear hermit kingdom.

Joel S. Wit |

The List

Next of Kim

Meet the next generation of North Korea's ruling family -- while you still can.

Dennis P. Halpin |

Interview

A Fictional North Korean Detective Explains Kim Jong Un's Purge

Wherein your inteprid correspondent speaks with the made-up avatar of an ex-CIA official, for insight. 

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Bad Blood

Is North Korea's double dealing risking its most important relationship?

Shen Dingli |

Report

Inside North Korea's Crystal Meth Trade

How shamed wives, rogue chemists, and crooked doctors move 'Ice' in the Hermit Kingdom.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Report

Gun Shy in Seoul

Sixty years later, South Korea still isn't ready to take full control of its own defense.

Gordon Lubold |

Feature

Speaking with the Enemy

What Ho Chi Minh can teach us about bringing peace to Afghanistan.

Lawrence Korb |

In Box

The North Korean Defector

What Kim Hyuk has carried with him on his harrowing journey from the streets to the speaking circuit.

Chico Harlan |

Interview

'We Face a Very Serious Chinese Military Threat'

Japan's former defense minister talks to FP about cyberattacks, the East China Sea face-off, and whether North Korea's Kim Jong Un is a puppet dictator.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Ready, Fire, Aim

Why the U.S. should have launched an ICBM during the North Korean crisis.

Andrea Berger |

Argument

What the Hell Was That All About?

After scaring the world witless, has North Korea slunk back into its cave?

Aidan Foster-Carter |

Argument

Send the Nukes Back to South Korea

At the stroke of a pen, President Obama could reassure a key ally and put Pyongyang back in its box. Here’s how.

Bennett Ramberg |

Jeffrey Lewis

How About We Take Their Word For It

Do we really want the North Koreans to prove they can launch a nuke with a missile?

Jeffrey Lewis |

The List

The Stories You Missed

What happened around the world while the world was watching Boston.

J. Dana Stuster |

Photo Essay

Once Upon a Time in Pyongyang

Rare images of Korea before the Kims.

Marya Hannun |

Daniel Altman

The Economics of War with North Korea

Would fighting Kim Jong Un be worth it?

Daniel Altman |

Terms of Engagement

The Limits of Leading by Example

President Global Zero is learning the hard way that cutting back America’s nuclear weapons arsenal doesn't cut the mustard with rogue states.

James Traub |

Argument

The Road to Pyongyang Goes Through Helsinki

Here's how you really solve the North Korean nuke problem.

Frank Jannuzi |

Argument

The Enabler

The only way to stop Pyongyang's cycle of brinkmanship and extortion is to address the real problem -- South Korea.

Edward Luttwak |